NASA News: Will.i.am Narrates New NASA Spinoff Technology Public Service Announcement

WASHINGTON -- Much of the technology we rely on daily was developed by
NASA for space exploration and adapted or enhanced for use here on
Earth. This includes many technologies used in schools, homes, cars,
computers and industry.

Musician Will.i.am talks about how some of the agency's outstanding
accomplishments in space are used to improve our life on Earth in a
new public service announcement made available Wednesday on NASA
Television and the agency's website.

The artist concentrates on NASA technologies that help increase
production of clean water, provide remote medical care and solar
electricity for refrigeration, and space technology that keeps food
fresh during its trip from field to market.

In addition to Will.i.am, singer Norah Jones and Astronaut Piers
Sellers, along with characters from the holiday movie "Arthur
Christmas," have appeared in recent videos telling audiences how NASA
Spinoffs benefit life here on Earth today.

"NASA's technologies don't just go into space," said Daniel Lockney,
program executive for technology transfer at NASA Headquarters in
Washington. "They work for us here on Earth, solving everyday
problems -- saving lives, creating jobs and making our lives better.

To view the Will.i.am and other public service announcements, visit:

Hundreds of examples of NASA spinoff technologies and innovations
adapted for use in our everyday lives appear on NASA's Spinoff
website at:

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:



NASA Awards Contract for Procurement Services

WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a contract to Wichita Tribal
Enterprises, LLC, of Norman, Okla., for contract-closeout and
procurement-support services, effective June 1.

Contract-closeout services will be on a firm-fixed price completion
basis, and the procurement-support services will be provided under
task orders issued under a firm-fixed price Indefinite Delivery,
Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) provision in the contract. The contract
consists of a four-month base period with four one-year option
periods. The potential maximum contract value for contract-closeout
support is $12,007,897. The IDIQ ordering provision for
procurement-support services has a potential maximum value of $30
million. The contract will be managed at the NASA Shared Services
Center (NSSC) at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

The contract will provide services to all of NASA. Acquisition
instruments to be closed include contracts, purchase orders, grants,
cooperative agreements, interagency agreements and other agreements.
Procurement-support services to be performed include pre-award and
post-award activities.

The NSSC is a partnership between NASA, CSC (formerly the Computer
Sciences Corporation) and the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.
The NSSC performs selected business activities for all 10 NASA
centers in financial management, human resources, information
technology and procurement.

For information about the NASA Shared Services Center, visit:



Texas Students to Chat Live with Space Station Crew Members

WASHINGTON -- Students at O. Henry Middle School in Austin, Texas,
will learn about living and working in space by speaking with
Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Don Pettit
and Andre Kuipers aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday,
April 3. The live question-and-answer session will take place at
11:20 a.m. EDT and be broadcast live on NASA Television. Media
representatives are invited to attend.

More than 100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students will
participate through their science classes. Texas Congressman Lamar
Smith is expected to join the group for this special event.

Reporters planning to attend should contact Helena Wright, media
relations contact for the Austin Independent School District, at
helena.wright@austinisd.org or 512-414-0024. O. Henry Middle School
is located at 2610 West 10th St. in Austin.

The students will participate in a variety of space-focused science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational
initiatives and explore other NASA resources in preparation for the
space station downlink.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational
organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM
teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching
from Space Program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds
partnerships with the education community using the unique
environment of space and NASA's human spaceflight program.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV downlink,
schedule and streaming video information, visit:


For information about NASA's education programs, visit:


For information about the International Space Station, visit:


To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit:





NASA T-38 Aircraft to Fly Over Washington Metro Area April 5

WASHINGTON -- NASA, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation
Administration, will conduct training and photographic flights on
Thursday, April 5, over the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Two T-38 training jets will fly approximately 1,500 feet above
Washington between 9:30 and 11 a.m. EDT. These flights are intended
to capture photographic imagery.

If the flights must be cancelled for any reason, they will be
rescheduled and an additional notice will be released.

For more information about NASA's use of T-38 training jets, visit:


For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:



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